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"Victory" song - need recommendations

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I've wanted to created a race playlist for a very long time but in staying true to my procrastinator roots I have not yet done so. But since I will be off work from 12/19 through 1/7 - and including 10 wonderful child free days! - I will have plenty of time to finally putting my music in order.

All races so far, and all runs for that matter, have been run with my trusty iPod Shuffle on...well, on shuffle.

Never underestimate the Power of the's come up with some real winners in the past...

Pink's "I'm Trouble" when I was supremely pissed over a situation;

Sinatra's "My Way" as I approached the finish line of my first ever half marathon (and I trained on my own with no official plan at all);

KT Tunstall's "Come On Get In" the first time I experienced the Never Ending Hill of Death (We could make it easy, (or) we could do it right....oh, 'cause the time...has come, we could break these chains, and baby we could run);

"I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar when I first exceeded my 2 mile run time goal.

But...dare I say it...those runs were easy in comparison. Now I'm faced with 26.2 miles coming up in February. And while I refuse to be anything but confident I will do it...that is a freakin' long distance! I'm looking at over 5 hours of running!

I want to give the Power of the Shuffle a little help.

So I know by mile 26 I am going to be well & truly whupped and I want that perfect song to motivate me to move my feet that last few hundred meters to cross the finish line (ahead of the course sweepers). I want to finish upright and running, not shuffling along moaning like a zombie.

So Spark Peeps...give me your recommendations!

I want something with a good hard beat and motivational lyrics!

OK, I know you can't really know what lyrics I will find motivational. Music-wise I listen to something in every genre (I'm talking from classical to techno and everything in between). And there really don't necessarily have to be lyrics. One of my favorites to get moving happens to be an instrumental mix of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrews Sisters.

I will listen to everything recommended. Which will also let me expand my library and give me an excuse to upgrade my iPod because I am at about the size limit for my little Shuffle.
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    I admit it... I'm not a runner...

    But "I Will Survive" seems appropriate!
    1980 days ago
    Eminem's Lose Yourself
    Black Eyed Peas Pump It
    Anything by 2Unlimited
    1985 days ago
    Latin music does it for me --
    1985 days ago
    Kelly Clarkson - stronger
    Katrina and the waves - Walking on sunshine
    Mcfly - I'll be alright or I'm OK
    Elton John - I'm still standing

    If I think of any others I will update :)
    1985 days ago
    Clawfinger - Biggest & the Best

    Just the thing to hype yourself up. Funny video, too.
    1986 days ago
    Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down A Dream"!
    1986 days ago
    Survivor-Destiny's Child

    Fighter-Christina Aquilara (sp?)

    Raise Your Glass-Pink

    Unwritten-Natasha Bedingfield

    1986 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/16/2012 12:51:16 PM
    WOW, that's a tall order Cat Girl!

    Some of my favorites, in no particular order

    "I Ran" Flock of Seagulls
    "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys
    "Rain" The Cult
    "Dominion Mother Russia" Sisters of Mercy
    "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow" Soggy Bottom Boys
    "white Wedding" Billy Idol
    "I gotta feeling" Black eyed peas
    "Sound of Sunshine" Michael Franti

    I pay no attention to lyrics. Some of the songs are good for the beat they give you, others i put there to kick in with some high energy when spirits are flagging.

    I ran my first marathon listening to music from a podcast called Motiontraxx ( and Podrunner ( The music is a little techno, but what I liked was that it had a good steady beat. I just synched up the BPM to my running cadence and cruised along for hours

    Good luck.....let me know what you think!

    1986 days ago
    I have a ton of stuff on my MP3 player. Just a few (classic) tunes that get me to move:

    Glen Miller - "In The Mood" (really!)

    Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"

    Disturbed - "Land of Confusion" remake

    B52s - "Bushfire"

    Pat Benatar - "Invincible"

    Devo - "Whip It"

    Fixx - "One Thing Leads to Another"

    Three Doors Down - "Kryptonite"

    Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Fall Down"

    Matthew Sweet - "Girlfriend"

    My MP3 player is too old to talk to my computer, so no new playlists for me.

    1986 days ago
    "Hang On," by Plumb. The dance remixes are pumping!

    "Indestructible," by Disturbed. Fantastic, driving beat.
    1986 days ago
    Ok, I will admit this may seem cheesy, but I am always motivated by Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" when I need a final push :)
    1986 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I've always loved this song! At the St Pete Inaugural RocknRoll Half Marathon this year, Flo Rida was the headliner. We were so excited. The amazing thing was the fact that this was my first Half. In the last mile by the Bay, I heard Flo Rida on stage, singing this song. It was so about the victory! I'll never forget that moment as I finished strong!

    Here's the link to the video!

    I've also posted several blogs of workout playlists I've done, feel free to take what you want to fire you up! Stay strong!
    1986 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/16/2012 8:53:25 AM
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